As a journalist in Rio de Janeiro, I get to interview people from a variety of fields. Last week I interviewed a singer who said that many times she thought about stopping her career. In these times, student leaders may also want to give up; can you relate? When our culture presents us with countless examples of dishonesty, a lack of love and leaders giving up on what is right, we too may start to question the impact of our own leadership. These things can be discouraging as you consider your ministry, but I want to encourage you to keep serving God. To do so, let’s explore what perseverance in student ministry could look like:
His Word helps us persevere in student ministry
Let’s make the scriptures our starting point: the Bible shows people facing hard times. Those who persevered were able to not only find refuge in God but also to become a source of encouragement to others. And that’s your role as a leader. People look to you and they expect you to have an answer. When you lack these answers, remember that in your weakness, God can still use you to guide others to His calm waters.
Perseverance means asking the big questions
And speaking of questions, the Voke app presents many video series like The Faith Adventure to address questions your students are eager to discuss. These questions include anything from, are christians hypocrites? to if God is good, why does he allow bad things to happen? Your teens want answers and we know they can find everything in Jesus. So we encourage you to persevere in being a light shining the love of Christ.
As you do this, I encourage you to remember Jesus’ words since he warned us that in this world we would have trouble. Still He tells us to take heart because He has overcome the world (John 16: 33). So even though we can’t escape the challenges of student ministry, we know that in the Lord we can find strength to face all things.
You’re not alone as you continue your student ministry journey
If you’re struggling to persevere in student ministry, my prayer is that you remember these truths, turn to Christ, and let his love be the reason you keep going. It can also be helpful to share your story with someone who has faced issues similar to yours. And know that you can turn here, where we will continue posting blogs and resources to equip you in your church or campus ministry as you serve this generation!